Pregame report: Pelicans at Spurs
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Pelicans.com, @Jim_Eichenhofer
Updates from the AT&T Center prior to Monday’s Southwest Division game between New Orleans and San Antonio:
• Monty Williams on the perennial success of the Spurs: “They always play at a high level. They’re a complete team. They’ve got everything. They continue to share the ball. Tony (Parker), as good as he is, he’s underrated. He just carries the team every night. I’m amazed at how he’s been able to play year-round without any hiccups at all. He goes through the national team (for France in the NBA offseason) and comes back here as if it’s just part of the deal. He’s the one that makes them go.”
• Williams on Ryan Anderson’s impact: “He helps us rebounding, defensively and fights every night down there… I think he’s just going to get better.”
• The Spurs (10-game winning streak) and Pelicans (winners of three in a row) are far from alone among the NBA clubs streaking in positive fashion these days. A total of seven teams entered Monday with at least a three-game winning streak, also including Portland (10), Miami (6), Oklahoma City (4), Indiana (3) and the Lakers (3).
• Anthony Davis remains second in the NBA in blocked shots per game, averaging 4.00. Indiana’s Roy Hibbert tops the list at 4.31. Hibbert has played one more game than Davis, but has eight more total rejections (56 to 48).
• Anderson leads the league in three-point percentage at 61.9. After an 0-for-2 game Friday vs. Cleveland, Anthony Morrow has slipped to fourth overall at 53.3.
• San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich on Williams’ tenure with New Orleans: “Good organizations have patience. You have to take the long view and understand what it takes to put a culture together. Monty and Dell (Demps) have a group that comes out and plays hard every night. They’re just going to get better and better each year. I’m really happy for them.”
• Popovich said Spurs forward Boris Diaw will play and has no restrictions, after he missed Saturday's game vs. Cleveland.